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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Del City: Ardmore's toughest test yet

  • Coming off of a less-than-stellar performance against Southeast in a 21-13 victory last week, the road through District 5A-1 doesn't get easier for the Tigers.
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  • Coming off of a less-than-stellar performance against Southeast in a 21-13 victory last week, the road through District 5A-1 doesn't get easier for the Tigers.
    Next up is Del City, a team whose 2-2 record is deceptive in relation to the caliber of teams it has faced.
    The Eagles struggled in Class 6A last season, but this season have made the successful conversion to 5A. Del City posted 31 points against a top 5 team in Tulsa East Central in a loss, and is coming off consecutive wins against 6A Midwest City (29-28) and a 41-18 blowout of Lawton MacArthur.
    Ardmore coach Douglas Wendel said the Eagles will run the ball 80-85 percent of the time, but have the weapons on the perimeter to keep Ardmore honest in the secondary. The Eagles are led by Division I recruit Corey Lawrence (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) who can line up all over the field as a receiver or running back.
    As for the Tigers, Wendel said that practice was much improved in the week following a sloppy game at Noble Stadium. What was on key last week was a defense that only conceded 99 total yards of offense, paced by linebackers C.J. Long and Jarred Hall. The defense also appeared to find its confidence last week after a big hit in the first half from senior defensive back Jeff Surrell, who received the Tigers' "Hit Stick" this week.
    The Tigers (2-2, 1-0 District 5A-1) have started .500 after four games for the first time in more than four seasons. The change in non-district opponents plays into that as well, but Del City offers another opportunity for Ardmore to set a new precedent as district leaders.
    Erik K. Horne
    221-6522

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